Burt Reynolds

American actor (1936–2018)

Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (February 11, 1936 -September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He has starred in many films, such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights.

We're only here for a little while, and you've got to have some fun, right? I don't take myself seriously, and I think the ones that do, there's some sickness with people like that.


  • My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.
    • In: Briton Hadden, ‎Henry Robinson Luce (1972). Time, Vol. 100. p. 43
  • You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.
    • Attributed to Reynolds in: Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 1984. p. 143
  • I can sing as well as Fred Astaire can act.
    • Attributed to Reynolds in: Colin Jarman (1993). The Book of Poisonous Quotes. p. 129
  • I don’t know why I think this, but maybe I’ve got my best work ahead. Maybe I’ll be putting my teeth in the glass, and maybe it will be a very different kind of role, but I want to do something where I’m not driving a car or a truck, where it’s real. Something that people wouldn’t expect me to do. Probably a man in search of himself. But we’re always searching for ourselves anyway.
    • "Burt Reynolds Has Made Mistakes. But He Regrets Nothing." in The New York Times (23 March 2018)

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